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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/10: Holt Struggles Again

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of afternoon/night of Monday August 9, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (61-54)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3-4, 3 RBI, BB (.333/.417/.429)
  • 1B Lucas Duda: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, K (.317/.386/.650) Back in the IF with the glut of outfielders in Buffalo
  • 3B Nick Evans: 1-4, BB, E(1) (.289/.372/.474) Pushed back to third with Hessman gone
  • LF Jesus Feliciano: 3-4, 4 R, BB (.352/.398/.436)
  • SP Michael Antonini: 6 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K; Heck of a 2010 Buffalo debut
  • P Chad Cordero: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (2-1, 1.69, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 HR) Can't complain about an eight pitch inning, seven of which were thrown for strikes

AA - Binghamton (55-60)

  • Off Day

Hi-A - St. Lucie (52-60)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 3-5, 2B, RBI, R (.321/.339/.451) Batting .385 over his last six games with two walks and three strikeouts
  • CF Pedro Zapata: 1-5, R (.266/.288/.328)
  • RF Rafael Fernandez: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 (.317/.354/.471) Batting .368 in August
  • SP Brad Holt: 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, WP, HB (2-6, 6.70, 44.1 IP, 47 H, 32 BB, 36 K, 3 HR) Probably his most alarming start of the season; hopefully this is the bottom and it can only get better from here but more likely he'll be moved to the bullpen very soon; I just have a hard time believing something isn't physically wrong here
  • REHAB ALERT - 3B Eric Campbell: 0-3, R, BB, K
  • Also, anyone wondering about the whereabouts of C Kai Gronauer, who has appeared in just one game since July 18th, he's nursing a right forearm strain.  Though he's still on the active roster they're definitely taking their time with the German-born backstop.


Lo-A Savannah (60-54)

  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, R, 2 K (.294/.379/.361)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 3-5, RBI, SB(4) (.283/.331/.342)
  • DH Robbie Shields: 1-5, K, SB(2) (.246/.257/.333)
  • SP John Church: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K (6-1, 2.26, 75.2 IP, 61 H, 32 BB, 65 K, 0 HR) Nice job salvaging a W after a rocky beginning





SS-A Brooklyn (35-16)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: No AB's/Defensive replacement (.375/.425/.565) Jammed his finger in Sunday's game but x-rays were negative and should be back in the starting lineup today or tomorrow
  • CF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, RBI (.309/.396/.565)
  • SS Rylan SandovalDNP (.337/.404/.546)
  • DH Brian Harrison: 0-4, K (.272/.333/.543)
  • Blake Forsythe: 0-4, 3 K (.250/.317/.375) That's 16 strikeouts in 15 games for the 2010 third rounder
  • SP Yohan Almonte: 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 2 WP (6-3, 1.92, 65.2 IP, 53 H, 11 BB, 37 K, 1 HR) After his most dominant start of the season Almonte is making a case for the most interesting arm in Brooklyn, aside from Fraser of course
  • RP Ryan Fraser: .1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (2-1, 0.40, 8 S, 22 IP, 8 H, 11 BB, 28 K, 0 HR) Fraser has allowed just a single earned run all season

RK Kingsport (23-23)

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-5, 2B, HR(11), 3 RBI, 2 R, K, E(16) (.291/.337/.555) Looks like he's going back into another power tear
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: 1-2, 2B (.327/.362/.529) Played three innings after nearly a week off with an injured hand
  • LF-RF ZeErika McQueen: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB (.281/.330/.382)
  • CF Chase Greene: 1-4, 2 R, BB, K, SB(3) (.286/.333/.386)
  • SP Bret Mitchell: 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, HB (2-3, 5.94, 36.1 IP, 39 H, 13 BB, 42 K, 4 HR) After a hot start, this 2010 12th rounder has been quite hittable

RK GCL Mets (21-18)

  • 2B Randoll Santana: 1-4, R, BB, K, SB(13) (.252/.338/.317)
  • LF Tillman Pugh: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K (.190/.452/.238) In eight pro games he's already got three multi-walk games
  • SP Marcos Camarena: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K (2-2, 3.03, 29.2 IP, 28 H, 5 BB, 14 K, 0 HR)

Star of the Night

Let's go down low, all the way down to the GCL and give the Star to the rehabbing C Jordan Abruzzo off his 4-for-5, two home run, five RBI night.  If that doesn't earn you a star I don't know what will.  Abruzzo has played in only ten games in 2010, all but one in the GCL as he works his way back from a shoulder strain (suffered in the first game of the year at PSL, also a recurrence of an old injury) but a quick look at his past couple seasons and this kid definitely has some pop.  The '07 13th round pick out of the University of San Diego topped out in '08 with 14 bombs across three levels and has played as high as St. Lucie on a few different occasions.  This big 25 year old will probably amount to no more than organizational catching/DH depth but it's never wise to completely write off catchers with this kind of true, in-game power.

Goat of the Night

I hate to kick a guy when he's down (especially one that I really root for) but RHP Brad Holt put up one of the worst performances we've seen here all year last night.  It could have even been worse had he not gotten out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam (where he actually walked them loaded) relatively unscathed.  According to a source with the club, he's still consistently working around 94mph, even hitting 96mph once or twice last night, but his command this season can be described as scattershot at best.  Who knows if this is something physical or if the strike zone just left him a la Rick Ankiel.  Either way, suddenly a future in the big leagues (in any role) is looking further and further away.


System Roundup

  • Buffalo bumped their winning streak up to five games last night with an 8-1 trouncing of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  LHP Michael Antonini was stellar in his 2010 Triple-A debut, holding the IronPigs to one unearned run on just five hits and not a single walk over six innings; it also doesn't hurt that the IronPigs have one of the worst offenses in the IL.  The Herd offense on the other hand was clicking last night as they banged out 15 hits.  Only one Bison hitters went hitless and five of them had multi-hit games, including CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a 3-for-4 and 3 RBI performance.  Boxscore
  • RHP Brad Holt's descent continued to new depths last night as he was crushed in the Mets 7-6 loss to Charlotte.  Less than an hour from his hometown, this was not a happy homecoming for Holt who allowed runs in each of the first three innings before getting hammered for four more runs in the fifth.  The Stone Crabs lineup, that featured Rocco Baldelli and '08 first overall selection Tim Beckham, worked six walks off of Holt and all four hits given up were for extra bases.  The Mets hitters rallied hard to get back into this one, including a nice 3-for-5 night from SS Wilmer Flores, but fell short with the tying run on base in the ninth.  St. Lucie is now 2-17 in their last 19 games.  Boxscore
  • After falling into a hole early, the Gnats went to work scoring six unanswered runs in this 7-4 win over Charleston.  After some trouble in the first, RHP John Church buckled down and held the RiverDogs scoreless over the next four innings which gave the lineup a chance to rally back and rally they did.  For the second straight night each Savannah hitter had at least one hit; that's got to be some kind of record.  Also for the second straight night SS Wilfredo Tovar led the offense, collecting three more hits.  Boxscore
  • Despite keeping their four game error streak alive (12 total in that span), the Cyclones were back to normal Monday afternoon in their 5-2 victory over Connecticut.  RHP Yohan Almonte completely neutralized the Tigers bats all day in his most dominant start of the season and though they didn't add to their NYPL-leading home run total, the lineup was just fine as well.  Even with two-thirds of the Magnificant Three out of the lineup (Ceciliani & Sandoval), the 'Clones went 4-for-10 with RISP including big RBI hits from Cory Vaughn and the newly promoted SS Justin Schafer.  Boxscore
  • The other Mets affiliate on a five game win streak, the K-Mets are on a roll right now as they topped Princeton 8-6 on Monday.  Starter RHP Bret Mitchell was shaky once again but thanks to four innings of scoreless relief from the Kingsport 'pen, the lineup was able to strike back with four runs in the final three innings.  Credit to 3B Aderlin Rodriguez who had two of the biggest hits in this one, including his eleventh bomb of 2010.  Boxscore
  • Mexican-born starter RHP Marcos Camarena was solid again in this 9-4 victory over the GCL Astros.  Camarena gave the Mets offense more than enough leeway yesterday as they broke out for eleven hits, eight of which went for extra bases including two homers from rehabbing slugger C Jordan Abruzzo.   Boxscore